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Episode 199 – The Door Into Fire

The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane

When we asked Chris Collision (cohost of I Don’t Even Own A Television) for his Flashback Summer choice of childhood favorite book, he surprised us with a title we’d never heard of before. And then Diane Duane surprised us with The Door Into Fire, a delightfully queer fantasy novel that was so great, we couldn’t believe we hadn’t heard of it before! Listen to this episode while riding your hot fire horse through the Waste.

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Footnotes: Diane Duane’s Door Into Starlight Status Update

The Door Into Fire ebook

Coming up next: 200th Episode Dazzling Spectacular!

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Episode 198 – The Westing Game

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

 

Happy Fourth of July! Buy Westing Paper Products! Flashback Summer continues with a book that’s such a stone-cold classic, we strongly advise that you not listen to this episode if you haven’t read The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Our guest, J.W. Friedman from the I Don’t Even Own a Television podcast, joined us to discuss this iconic mystery that won the 1979 Newbery Medal. Listen to this episode in between checking stock prices on your transistor radio. (But, again, only after you’ve read the book! Please!)

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “8 Uses for an Asparagus Steamer” by Lindsay-Jean Hard.

Coming up next: The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 198 – The Westing Game

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 197 – Night of The Living Dummy

Night Of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine

 

The day has arrived: Renata read her very first Goosebump novel. Courtney Summers, Best Bestselling author of books like The Project and the upcoming I’m The Girl, joined us to discuss Night of the Living Dummy by R. L. Stine. Please rate this episode 10/10 Splats in the Apple Podcasts store.

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Footnotes:

Fright Gallery: Slappy the Dummy

Slappy the Dummy: Splat Stats

Episode #54 – R. L. Stine

Episode #152 – Mallory and the Trouble With Twins

Episode #177 – Baby-Sitters Beware

Slappy the Dummy on Goosebumps Fan Wiki

‘A small corner of the internet is obsessed with ‘Long Furbies’ and the creations are both disturbing and hilarious” by Julie Gerstein

Pangur & Grim

Coming up next: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

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Episode 196 – A Ring Of Endless Light

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle

As the earth makes another journey around the sun (allegedly), we return to Flashback Summer. Writer Annie Cardi (@AnnieCardi) returned to the show to discuss A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle, a formative read for many 90s children who aspired to be psychic marine biologists. Listen on your way to the beach, and make sure to share it with any dolphins who might want to listen in!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “The World” by Henry Vaughn

Depresh Mode #61 – Maggie Smith

“Good Bones” by Maggie Smith

“Try to Praise the Mutilated World” by Adam Zagajewski

Mariah Carey Can Speak Dolphin

Coming up next: Goosebumps #7: Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 196 – A Ring Of Endless Light

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading A Ring Of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 178 – Halloween Rain

Halloween Rain by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder

 

Flashback Summer has moved past our time with the Baby-Sitters Club to revisit another enterprising teen girl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We read a vintage Buffy tie-in novel, Halloween Rain by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, with our guest THE Meredith Goldstein, the Boston Globe’s Love Letters columnist and author of books like Things That Grow and Can’t Help MyselfThis book may contradict established Buffy canon, but at least it also has some very dated pop culture references in it! Play this episode over the sound system at the Bronze.

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Footnotes: Sunnydale Mall on the Buffyverse wiki

Slayerfest 98 podcast

“Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby

“Nightmare Before Christmas‘ Sally Gets to Shine in a New YA Novel From Shea Ernshaw” by James Whitbrook

Coming up next: Slayer by Kiersten White.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 178 – Halloween Rain

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Episode 177 – Baby-Sitters Beware

The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mystery #2: Baby-Sitters Beware by Ann M. Martin

 

The Baby-Sitters Club’s worst nightmare was a dream come true for us, as Courtney Summers, best-bestselling author of books like The Project and Sadie, joined us to discuss The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mystery #2: Baby-Sitters Beware by Ann M. Martin. Courtney identified this title as a formative book for her, and you simply can’t argue with the results that have come from this foundation. Listen to this in the station wagon on your way to Shadow Lake!

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Number of stars: Ten **********

Footnotes: Nola Thacker on the BSC Wiki

Michelle Kwan Presents Skating Dreams series

Coming up next: Halloween Rain (Buffy the Vampire Slayer series) by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder.

 

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Episode 176 – Karen’s Plane Trip

Baby-Sitters Club Little Sister Super Special #2 - Karen's Plane Trip

This Flashback Summer episode found Kait & Renata home alone, no cool teen baby-sitter nor responsible adult around to monitor their bedtime. Things got a little loopy. You’ve been warned. We read several books from the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series: Karen’s Plane Trip, Karen’s Witch, Karen’s Ghost, and Karen’s Kittykat Club, all “by” Ann M. Martin. We made zero jokes about “Karens,” because Karen Brewer transcends that cliche and would only ask to talk to your manager if she thought your manager might know a good scary story. Listen to this episode to briefly distract yourself from the horrors of climate change!

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Footnotes: Life Lessons We Learned from Baby-Sitters Little Sister

Coming up next: The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mystery #2: Baby-Sitters Beware by Ann M. Martin.

 

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